After School – First Love

June 13, 2013 at 10:45 AM | Posted in After School | Leave a comment

SINGLE REVIEW
After School – First Love

1. 8 Hot Girl
2. Cheos Sarang
3. Dressing Room
4. Time’s Up
5. Love Beat
6. Hwajangeul Hada Ureosseo

First Love is the sixth Korean single by South Korean girl group After School, released on June 13, 2013.

8 Hot Girl serves as the introduction track for this comeback single, and although it’s nice and laid back I think it’s kind of a vague track because there are some guys in here that ain’t members of After School. Who are these dudes…

Cheos Sarang, the title track, is where the single really begins to interest me. The guys are still in the background but finally I can hear the real girls from After School singing with sultry voices. This track is connected to the introduction when it comes to the soft and relaxed R&B style, and although it’s not something I’m used to in After School’s music I think it’s very cool and yet simple in it’s own way. Very cute.

After two relatively smooth and slow tracks. Dressing Room brings around the dance/pop on the single. I always love it when this style comes with a lot of heavy synths, which give a song a lot of power. Another nice thing about this track is that it isn’t very uptempo, it’s fierce but the tempo stays a bit more in the middle. It makes it all very interesting and the girls are amazing here as well.

Ah, this is what I was waiting for. Time’s Up is one of those typical uptempo After School songs with a distinctive pop sound and maybe a little cuteness here and there. When the song develops it becomes more powerful and interesting altogether, including some raps in the bridge section and more synths in the chorus and bridge too. I think this is my favorite song on the entire single, love it!

Love Beat pushes some boundaries here with it’s more aggressive dance sound. The synths are much deeper and darker here, and the focus might even be more on the music than on the girls’ vocals (which are ofcourse great, as always). It’s not a mind-blowing song or anything, but it’s definitely one of the better tracks with its clubbing qualities.

Closing the single, Hwajangeul Hada Ureosseo is a collab between Raina and Jung Ah and it sounds exactly like its title, which means ‘crying after putting on make-up’ or ‘make-up and tears’. It’s the only ballad on the single, but they go full out with a piano power ballad. This song becomes stronger and stronger near the bridge, and there the girls just let go with their adlibs an vocal acrobatics. Raina will always be one of my favorite members, but Jung Ah proved herself here as well! Great song!

OVERALL RATING
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4½ stars

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